School: Nanuet High School
Athletic accomplishments: Rogers had 12 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday’s loss to Tappan Zee. Rogers is averaging 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals per game this season. He’s a two-year captain for the basketball team. He’s received All-county and All-league honorable-mention honors. Rogers will be attending SUNY Geneseo next year to play basketball. Rogers is also a member of the baseball team. He’s received All-Section and All-League honors in baseball.
Academic accomplishments: Rogers has a 97.6 GPA. He’s made the high Honor Roll every quarter. He’s taken three AP classes, including calculus, environmental science, and language & composition. Rogers is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Spanish Honor Society.
School and community involvement: Rogers is a member of the Math League. He’s volunteered at the school basketball camps. Out of school, Rogers volunteered as a coach with St. Catharine’s CYO basketball team and was a volunteer bookkeeper. He volunteered at a USA baseball camp. He’s a tutor for the Irish Heritage Club and works at King Kone in Pearl River.
Getting to know Terence Rogers
The Journal News: What does family mean to you?
Terence Rogers: Family means a lot to me. My parents and siblings are always supporting me during my experiences in school, athletics and just everyday life.
TJN: Would you consider your basketball teammates family, and if so, how?
TR: We’re a family in the sense that we fight together. No matter what kind of adversity we face on or off the court, we always have each other’s backs. We are all brothers.
TJN: When you were looking at SUNY Geneseo, were you looking for an environment that continued that family atmosphere?
TR: There are a lot of kids from Nanuet at that school and they gave it glowing reviews. They all love it up there. I wasn’t ready to go to a huge school. My sister goes to James Madison in Virginia, which is a huge school. I walked onto that campus and I didn’t feel like I fit in. The second I stepped onto the campus at Geneseo, I knew. When I met the team and talked to the Nanuet grads up there, I knew it was the right fit for me and it had the community feeling that Nanuet had. The team felt like the team at Nanuet — a family. And they take care of each other.
TJN: How long have you been the point guard?
TR: I’ve been playing basketball since I was about 5 years old, then in third grade I started playing CYO basketball at St. Catharine’s through seventh grade. Then moved to modified and played in high school. Being the point guard kind of came naturally; when I was younger, I was more of a shooter. By the time I got to Nanuet, Coach (Dave) Masterson runs the Nanuet camps and he saw it in me. He moved me over and I started working at it, I loved it ever since.
TJN: Do you know what you want to study next year?
TR: I think something in business. Maybe combine my love of math and go into finance.
TJN: Did your community service work — volunteering with the high school basketball camps and the USA baseball camps —as well as the work you did with your old CYO team, influence your thoughts about coaching down the line?
TR: I played basketball at St. Catharine’s for CYO and this year a graduate of TZ from two years ago was coaching my brother’s CYO team and this guy asked me to come out and help him. He asked me to come to practice and some games — I ended up at all the games, most practices and did the books for some. It gave me the opportunity to be a coach and I got to instruct the players.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.